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Level Premiums

A level premium is available for Term Life, Whole Life, and some Universal Life.

Most Term Life in the quoting system is guaranteed level, i.e., the premium is guaranteed to not change for the length of the term.

However, there are a few policies that have an expected level premium but it is not guaranteed. These are included in the quoting system because the premium for them is sometimes lower than competing guaranteed level policies.

A level premium is also characteristic of Whole Life. Some policies will also allow additional premium to be prepaid, but there is always a specified premium that if paid is guaranteed to keep the policy in force for life.

Regular Universal Life does not have a fixed guaranteed level premium for life. For the policy to not be limited to a fixed period of years like Term Life, enough premium must be paid to keep it in force. The older you get, the higher the premium needs to be.

As time progresses, if you have not contributed enough in the early years to build up enough cash value, a higher premium payment may have to be made. A hoped for level premium based upon an overly optimistic projection may not materialize.

Because of such disappointments and because of the relatively high cost of Whole Life, some companies now offer a Universal Life policy with a guaranteed level premium. The premium cost is approximately half that of a comparable Whole Life policy.

The concern raised about companies offering such policies, is that no matter what the actuarial justification of such coverage is, will these companies be able to remain financially strong in the long run if they are collecting comparitively so much less in premium, yet paying the same death benefit.

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Whole Life is a safer product for an insurance company to sell but is not as good a deal as level premium Universal Life for the consumer. It may be that only time will tell if it is too good a deal.

The Lowest Price

The life insurance quoting system for level premium policies that is available on this website is the biggest and best of its type in the nation.

The quoting is from an independent quoting service. Their mission is to obtain information from the top insurance companies who sell level premium life insurance.

Nationwide, there are over 125+ insurers in this quoting system, providing you with the most thorough comparison shopping possible.

It is not possible to get any of these policies from these insurance companies at a lower premium price.

For the same life insurance policy, the premium that you pay is always the same irrespective of where you get it or from whom you buy it. Life insurance companies do not alter the premium price according to who helps you apply.

There is no such thing as "Buy direct and save". All advertising and marketing costs, including commissions to agents, are just a general cost of doing business. So you can not get a discount by not using an agent.

Even if you go to the insurance company's office and get an application form from an employee, it's still the same price. Your premium contributes to the general built-in marketing costs regardless.

Your premium is determined by what any particular insurer determines your personal risk category to be. Life insurance is not a commodity, so no one can get you a "special deal" or volume discount, nor can they "exert influence" because they sell a lot of it.

Company Financial Strength

Life insurance companies vary in size and financial strength. The longer the period of coverage, the more important are the financial prospects of the life insurer. Financial stability can change over time, but it is certain that the company should at least be financially sound today.

The A.M. Best rating in the quoting system is an indication of the insurer's current financial condition

Duration, Renewal, and Conversion

At the end of the term, for those who find that they want to continue having life insurance for a longer period than initially planned, it is usually possible to continue coverage. However, there can be a big variation in renewal costs. The death benefit remains the same for as long as you maintain the policy.

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It is also common to be able to convert to a permanent policy at the end of the term without any requirement to requalify medically. If you want to continue to have life insurance, this may be the best and perhaps only way if your health situation has changed significantly. Some policies will have much better conversion options than others.

Although these options exist, it is more economical to buy what you need the first time without having to ever buy again or renew or convert.

If your health or circumstances change, life insurance may become more important than it seems now. If there is doubt as to how long you may want coverage, a longer period is a better choice than a shorter period.

At the same time, buying a longer period than what you need will result in you overpaying. It is therefore important to make a careful assessment of possible future needs and possible changing needs should circumstances change.

Life Insurance Payment

The lowest annual premium may not also be the lowest for monthly, quarterly, or semi-annual payment. Some insurers charge more than others for paying less often than annually. Monthly bank draft or annual check are the usually most convenient and are more likely to result in the the policy staying in force.

Life Insurance Rate

Upon application, the insurer alone decides the final rate, which may vary substantially from an applicant's expectations. Paramedic exam results sometimes cause great disappointment for overly optimistic applicants who find that they are offered twice the premium that they were expecting. If you have not had a recent physical exam, do not rely on necessarily qualifying for any particular risk classification.

A company with the best premium for one risk category may be far from the best for other categories. So the best company to apply for initially may be the one that has the best average rates over more than one category.

While there is great similarity, there is also some variation between insurers as to what criteria should have the most weight for each risk category.

Age calculation can vary between companies. Some calculate premiums based on your last birthday, while others base it on your nearest birthday.

Smokers' Life Insurance

Some companies cater to smokers more than others. They are more likely to make distinctions as to how much you smoke, for how long, and whether you smoke cigars or pipe instead of cigarettes. They can then offer lower premiums for carefully defined situations.

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